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Ivolginsk Datsan (Buddhist Monastery)

Ivolginsk 671050, Russia
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Ranked #1 of 1 attractions in Ivolginsk
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites
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Tampa, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

the temples are beautiful, still in use, and are a big contrast from the cathedrals and kremlins you'll see elsewhere in russia. it's also not hard to get there and it's cheap, so it's worth doing for a few hours. expect to spend an hour getting there, an hour there, and an hour getting back, i'd say. i didn't have... More

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Ulan-Ude, Russia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

Yes used to be the first and the only one buddhist monastery in Soviets, yes it is the residence of the Head lama for Russia, yes it is the place where Imperishable Itigelov gives blessings to believers. But there is a market right on the territory, a stadium in front of the main gate and it takes 50 rubles for... More

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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262 reviews 262 reviews
18 attraction reviews
149 helpful votes 149 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

This monastery really embodies the cultural diversity of Russia and of the Buryatia republic: a beautiful Buddhist enclave near Ulan-Ude. It's definitely worth going to see the architecture and feel the vibe of the settlement.

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Salta, Argentina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

It is very interesting and a great place to get the feeling of the people. Still active as a religious place of worship.

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Tampere, Finland
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61 reviews 61 reviews
4 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

Easy to access with a public bus from Ulan Ude (change in the Verkhnyaya Ivolga village to the obvious onward marshrutka), it is worth a half day trip - or longer, if you're into Buddhism. When I visited, it was possible to join or observe a puja ritual. There are several temples, stupas and other significant buildings, all astoundingly beautiful... More

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Geneva, Switzerland
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46 reviews 46 reviews
16 attraction reviews
247 helpful votes 247 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

While the surrounding landscape was covered by snow, Ivolginsk Datsan was easily spotted from the car due to it's colorful decorations. We spent over an hour walking around exploring the temple grounds, ignoring the -15C weather outside. Definitely worth the visit, just check out my pictures, simply stunning!

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Brisbane, Australia
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

Authentic. Not a tourist trap. I would have liked to know about the beliefs and what each temple meant.

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Ulan-Ude, Russia
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

The feelings I have got there were amazing. The people around are very kind and nice. The architecture is incredible.

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Tallinn, Estonia
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42 reviews 42 reviews
12 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

If you are interested in buddhism, you just have to visit it!! It´s not so easy to reach the place. We used marshutkas, it was Ok, but you have to speak at least some Russian in order to find the right bus, time etc. And spend at least some hours there, the place is worth it!!

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

Very interesting place with great views across Ulan-ude. I recommend organising a guide to take you around the site as you are likely to get more from the trip.

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